Position: Community Advocate
Reports to: Program Manager
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Resumes may be considered immediately upon receipt.
Job Classification: 1.0 FTE, Non-exempt
Salary Range: $45k-$47k DOE and multi-lingual skills
The Northwest Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination & safety of bisexual, trans, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through advocacy, organizing and education. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social & economic justice, equality and respect for all people & the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.
The Northwest Network has provided services by and for the LGBTQ community for over 25 years. This is an important and exciting time to be a part of a progressive and changemaking organization. We offer excellent benefits, including: health and dental insurance, long & short-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick leave, 401k plan, and a caring and innovative work environment!
We highly recommend people of all educational background and life experiences apply. We prioritize candidates who demonstrate their ability to center the experiences of LGBTQ domestic and sexual violence survivors and people of color in their work, have experience navigating social services, and support the self-determination of communities of color. This position will require some evening hours each week and occasional weekend hours.
A NW Network Staff Member:
o Advocates for diverse bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming, lesbian & gay survivors of violence and abuse, including domestic & dating violence, sexual violence, hate violence and stalking among youth and adults;
o Works on individual, grassroots and systems levels to create the conditions necessary to support loving and equitable relationships; and
o Collaborates and works well as part of a team towards the shared goal of ongoing learning and strengthening our support to survivors of abuse.
Core Competencies of a Successful Community Advocate:
o Skillfully uses advocacy as a model to support the self-determination of diverse LGBTQ survivors of violence.
o Adept at: safety & support planning; navigating systems (criminal/legal/housing/medical); building meaningful referrals/collaboration; problem solving; understanding the impacts of trauma on LGBTQ survivors; upholding confidentiality; & supporting survivors to heal from impacts of abuse.
o Utilizes NW Network assessment tools, advocacy approaches, analysis, and best practices to assist survivors and community members in a respectful, transparent, and authentic manner.
o Manages crisis or high stress situations with discernment, empathy, and communication.
o Remains knowledgeable of service and agency guidelines and procedures to make informed and independent decisions throughout the course of advocacy.
o Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm while participating in LGBTQ cultural celebrations and events.
o Demonstrates solid analysis and cultural competence when developing outreach strategies, presentations and community engagement projects.
o Commitment and skill in maintaining confidentiality within small communities, especially when participating in community events, cultural celebrations, and/or outreach.
o Skillfully co-facilitates support groups and/or discussion groups as assigned.
o Takes initiative and works cooperatively to ensure smooth functioning of organizational systems.
o Completes and documents tasks on-time and within budget, submits reports thoroughly and on-time.
o Seeks out support and constructive feedback from co-workers & manager, proactively takes responsibility for self and work, and effectively utilizes weekly staff meetings.
o Understands the connections between liberation movements and anti-violence work.
o Demonstrates a deep commitment to survivors of violence and the empowerment of diverse bisexual, lesbian, trans and gay people/community.
o Strong critical thinking, active listening, and problem-solving skills to address complex situations.
o Flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and positive workplace attitude.
o Ability to work in both office and ‘field’ settings.
o Competence with basic office systems (computers, copiers, Office, Word/Excel etc…)
o A working car, current drivers’ license and insurance and/or skill using public transportation.
o Knowledge of dating & domestic violence, sexual violence, hate violence, stalking, and abuse.
o Experience in advocacy-based support models, trauma-informed care, and working with confidential information.
o Familiarity with local and regional social service resources and organizations.
o Experience working in diverse gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual and/or queer community contexts.
o Multi-language skills (ASL included)
How to Apply:
We are interested in getting a feel for your take on anti-violence work, racial and economic justice, LGBTQ community issues and community change work in your cover letter. Please email or mail your cover letter and resume to:
The NW Network
Attn: Community Advocate
PO Box 18436
Seattle, WA 98118
Subject: Community Advocate
[no faxed resumes accepted]
If emailing your application, attach cover letter and resume as one combined file. Please do not include your cover letter in the body of the email.
Position Posted: 7.20.18
Position Open until Filled. Resumes may be considered immediately upon receipt. We plan to fill the position as soon as possible.